By Jurugo Emmanuel Ogasto
Pupils and teachers share a five-stance dilapidated latrine facility at Noor Islamic primary school.
The school management committee members who visited the facility say that the cracked latrine structure puts the lives of both the teachers and pupils at a risk.
Mr. Vundru Michael, a teacher at the school criticized sharing of the latrines among learners and teachers.
“The situation where male teachers and male pupils sharing the same latrine facility undermines their privacy and thus should be addressed by both the parents and district leaders before it worsens”, he said.
Mrs. Alia Rosemilly, the head teacher at the school said that the facility was constructed in 2002 by local government and urged stakeholders to rescue the situation.
“We are very surprised that male pupils sneak to male teacher’s latrine and share the same latrine facility, some have broken doors. Users risk contracting sanitary related diseases,” Allia said.
Mali Michael the Moyo District Education Officer (DEO) said his office was not aware of such a sensitive situation in any of the schools in the area. He blamed it on lack of funds.
“It is true that we do not have enough funds to do everything in schools, but some situations call for emergencies”.
However, Letaru Gladys, Moyo town council central ward’s female councilor pledged establish whether the affected school is among the priority areas for support in construction activities.
She also admitted there could be many other schools with such challenges in the district.
Mr. Alli Moses, the school management committee chairperson revealed that a PTA executive meeting early this year, agreed to raise funds to construct emergency latrine to alleviate the situation.